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Draft Amendment Could Slow Bay Cleanup

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The Chesapeake Bay is on a pollution diet.

"Too much nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment are reducing the amount of oxygen in the water so that the creatures can't breathe," says the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Doug Siglin. "The underlying strategy would reduce these noxious pollutants to acceptable levels by the year 2025."

But Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has drafted an amendment that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from spending funds on bay cleanup. And that, Siglin says, could effectively put the bay diet on hold.

"If the plan does not proceed, we can anticipate a dirty bay into the indefinite future," he says.

But the American Farm Bureau Federation's Don Parrish says the pollution diet micromanages states, limits business and threatens jobs.

"It would stop economic growth and development, it would stop jobs and the ability of people to afford higher water quality in the bay," he says.

The environment appropriations bill is scheduled to come up for a vote tomorrow.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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